Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Isle of Skye
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Bird sightings on the Island of Skye and the neighbouring area

The objective of this page is to keep everyone, locals and visitors, up to date with what birds are about. It is therefore dependent on everyone contacting me as quickly as possible to ensure I can update the site so that others might benefit from the observations. In the case of rarer species details would also be passed on the Highland Recorder Peter Stronach (  who may require a full description before the record was accepted. This website will very much be locally focused but some records will be included in the SOC Highland website www.highlandbirds.scot. and may also reach national sites.  We have complete discretion as to what information is added to these pages and will try to avoid any details which might reveal breeding sites of vulnerable species.  It is impossible to record everything reported and for the more regularly observed species, we would encourage the use of 'Birdtrack' - http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack.  Records sent to us are also submitted to Birdtrack.

Date Species Image Details
31st Oct 2013 Mourning Dove still on Rum this morning (SM) - see Blog
31st Oct 2013 Ring-billed Gull near adult reported from Mallaig (per Birdguides)
31st Oct 2013 Common Crossbill View Image flock of 13 with at least 6 males in Tote forest (C.Hawley)
31st Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 14 over Lower Breakish (R.Davison)
31st Oct 2013 Merlin View Image male at Skeabost (TB)
30th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 20 at Glas Eilean, Harrapool (MB)
30th Oct 2013 Gannet c100 in Loch Slapin opposite Kilmarie (RMcM)
30th Oct 2013 Mourning Dove still on Rum and enjoying some peace and quiet as no ferries are running (SM)
30th Oct 2013 Goosander View Image 5 in Staffin Bay (C.Perry)
30th Oct 2013 Common Scoter three heading north through the Narrows of Raasay (WM)
29th Oct 2013 Mourning Dove still on Rum in Sean's garden and attracted around 40 visitors from all parts of the UK (including Elgol) - see the Gallery for two of Sean's images
29th Oct 2013 Sabine's Gull probable adult with Kittiwakes in Broadford Bay (MB)
29th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 8 on Plock of Kyle (A&EH)
29th Oct 2013 Gannet good numbers still around with c150 in the Sound of Sleat with birds of various ages (RMcM)
29th Oct 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image 4 near Kinloch on Rum (P.Stronach) and a single flying off Point of Sleat (RMcM)
28th Oct 2013 Mourning Dove report received via the Rum grapevine that a Mourning Dove has turned up in Sean Morris's garden!!
28th Oct 2013 Yellowhammer two males feeding with other finches at Kyleakin (A.Hickey)
27th Oct 2013 Brambling View Image male visiting gardens in Erbusaig (J.Bullivant)
27th Oct 2013 Peregrine View Image pair hunting Uig Bay (M.Lumb)
27th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 14 flying west into a gale at Loch Poolteil (AS)
27th Oct 2013 Merlin View Image female on a garden fence post at Edinbane (C.Walker)
26th Oct 2013 Iceland Gull View Image juvenile at Mallaig Pier (SMacD)
25th Oct 2013 Swallow straggler at Kyleakin (A&EH)
25th Oct 2013 Sooty Shearwater View Image single between Eigg & Muck from MV Sheerwater (R.Dyer)
25th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 16 resting at Loch Cillchriosd, Kilbryde (K.MacKenzie)
24th Oct 2013 Eider 40 at Kyleside (A&EH) & 20 off Pabay (RMcM)
24th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image huge flock of 2500+ moving south at Kyleakin mid afternoon (EH)
24th Oct 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image three off Moll (RMcM)
24th Oct 2013 Red Grouse covey of 7 on the road to Talisker Bay (J.Thomas)
23rd Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image constant stream coming through Kyleakin area with 1000+ in a short time (A&EH); also 400+ at Calgary, Sleat (S.Wells) (all flocks predominantly Fieldfares with some Redwings)
23rd Oct 2013 Goosander View Image 18 in Loch Treaslane (DFMacDonald)
23rd Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image birds on the move with 25 west at Breakish Obbe (PP), and two separate groups south at Glenmore, Portree, of c30 and 27 (AMcL); 14 at the head of Loch Sligachan (TH); 24 at the head of Loch Snizort (GF),7 at Loch Dunvegan (AS) and 5 at Ashaig (R.Davison); at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig numbers reached 30 (SMacD) and 20 flew south over Arisaig Marina (RDyer).
23rd Oct 2013 Slavonian Grebe single in Portree Harbour area (TB)
22nd Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image 250+ at Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH), large numbers Isleornsay (RC), and 1000+ in the Torrin/Kilbryde area (RMcM) (see Gallery)
22nd Oct 2013 Jay two at Loch nan Eala, Arisaig (SMacD)
22nd Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image two very late birds at Traigh Golf Course, Morar (SMacD)
21st Oct 2013 Slavonian Grebe three at Camas na Sgianadin, Broadford (AMcL)
21st Oct 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image three at Loch Sligachan (AMcL)
20th Oct 2013 Yellowhammer three beside the football pitch at Kyleakin (A&EH)
20th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image huge flock of 1000+ at Ardelve, Lochalsh (BN) + a few Redwings
19th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image 250, including Redwing, at Calgary, Sleat (S.Wells)
19th Oct 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image 50 on Mingay, Waternish (A.M)
19th Oct 2013 Jack Snipe View Image single at Back of Keppoch, Arisaig (SMacD)
18th Oct 2013 Long-tailed Duck View Image three in Broadford Bay + two Slavonian Grebes (MB)
18th Oct 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image birds continuing to arrive with reports from Balmeanach Bay (WM) and Tokavaig (A.Dimmick)
17th Oct 2013 Hen Harrier View Image males reported today from Uigshader (JK), Portnalong (C.MacKinnon), and Roskill (H&MS)....and more recently Ose and Ullinish (PE,PS). Also three ringtails and a male at Trotternish roost on 15th (MK,RMcM)
17th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image two at Loch Druagrich (MH) and two at Loch Suardal (BK)
17th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image c300 at Strollamus (AMcL)
17th Oct 2013 Slavonian Grebe two at Camas na Sgianadin (RMcM) (AMcL)
16th Oct 2013 Corncrake View Image please see the Blog for a breakdown on the 2013 season which proved an excellent year for calling birds (SP)
16th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image c200 at Fernilea, Loch Harport (K.Sadler); big movement of Fieldfares/Redwings over Eigg (JC)
16th Oct 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image two in Tarscavaig Bay (A.Clunas), and a single at Sconser (AMcL)
16th Oct 2013 Greylag Goose View Image 40 at Harrapool (A&EH)
16th Oct 2013 Twite View Image 80 at Glas Eilean, Broadford (A&EH)
16th Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image straggler at Laig Bay, Eigg (JC)
16th Oct 2013 Ring Ouzel View Image late bird on Blaven (A.Mathewson)
16th Oct 2013 Goldeneye 3 at Loch Suardal, Dunvegan (B.Killington)
15th Oct 2013 Scaup female on Loch Fada (MK,RMcM)
15th Oct 2013 Goosander View Image 14 on Loch Sligachan(MK,RMcM)
15th Oct 2013 Little Grebe View Image 6 on Loch Mealt (MK,RMcM)
15th Oct 2013 Great Northern Diver View Image single in Staffin Bay(MK,RMcM)
15th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image 60+ at Totarder (AMcL)
15th Oct 2013 Twite View Image 26 at Harlosh (AMcL)
15th Oct 2013 Blackcap View Image female at Miller's Cottage, Eigg (JC)
15th Oct 2013 Barn Owl View Image one dead, possibly road casualty, at Scullamus (F.Simpson)
14th Oct 2013 Skye and Lochalsh Mammals Roger Cottis is giving a talk to SWRFC on Friday 18th October - see news - all welcome
14th Oct 2013 Greenshank 7 on Breakish Obbe (PP)
14th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image c30 at Faoilean (A.Mathewson)
14th Oct 2013 Barn Owl View Image single at Storr Lochs (AMcL)
13th Oct 2013 Greenshank single at the head of Loch Snizort-Beag (I.Ferguson)
13th Oct 2013 Redwing View Image 30 near Killilan, Lochalsh early(PS), but numbers building up to c2000 later (BN); 200 over Ord in an hour (am) (A.Clunas)
13th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image big movement reported with 100 at Penifler and 60 above Braes (C.Atkins); also 500+ at Portree (A.McL) & 100 over Ord (A.Clunas)
13th Oct 2013 Grey Plover View Image two on Ardnish (A&EH)
13th Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image straggler on Ardnish (A&EH)
12th Oct 2013 Redwing View Image small influx at Lower Milovaig overnight + Blackbirds (AS); c60 south over Elgol (RMcM); 40 at Penifler, Portree (TH)
12th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image mixed flock of c60 with Redwing at Treaslane (DF Macdonald); 40 at Skeabost + other mixed flocks (JK); 4 at Lephin, Glendale (AS)
12th Oct 2013 Teal View Image 9 on Kyleakin Obbe (A&EH)
12th Oct 2013 Jack Snipe View Image singles at Kildonan, Eigg (JC) and at Scullamus (MB)
11th Oct 2013 Black-throated Diver View Image group of 18 in Loch Scavaig & 8 in Loch Slapin at Glasnakille (RMcM)
11th Oct 2013 Redwing View Image first arrivals with 20 at Glasphein, Staffin (MP) & 80 at Cleadale, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image two stragglers at Laig Bay, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2013 Fieldfare View Image two over Kildonan Braes, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2013 Tree Sparrow single with House Sparrows at Miller's Cottage feeders, Eigg (JC)
11th Oct 2013 Curlew 44 at Kirkton Bay, Lochalsh (BN)
11th Oct 2013 Pink-footed Goose View Image 4 at Kirkton Bay, Lochalsh (BN)
11th Oct 2013 Snow Bunting View Image c80 in several flocks at Coire Odhar, Knoydart (M.Godfrey)
10th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 15 east up Loch Eishort (A.Lyle) and two at Loch Suardal (A.McLean)
10th Oct 2013 Brent Goose View Image single at Ashaig (RMcM)
10th Oct 2013 Brambling View Image pair with Chaffinches at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
10th Oct 2013 Redwing View Image two with flock of 21 Mistle Thrushes at Kildonan, Eigg (JC)
10th Oct 2013 Golden Eagle View Image 7 at Stob a Choire Odhair, Knoydart (M.Godfrey)
10th Oct 2013 Blackcap View Image single at Portnalong (Sue Tait)
9th Oct 2013 Brent Goose View Image 3 north at the Narrows of Raasay and 3 in Broadford Bay(RMcM)
9th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image herd of 22 south-east at Portnalong (ST)
9th Oct 2013 Glaucous Gull View Image juvenile at West Bay Car Park, Mallaig (SMacD)
9th Oct 2013 Pomarine Skua View Image 5 south at The Aird, Gedintailor + 8 Great Skua (RMcM)
9th Oct 2013 Arctic Tern View Image 4 north at The Aird, Gedintailor (RMcM)
9th Oct 2013 Barnacle Goose View Image small skeins of 11 and 13 north at the Narrows of Raasay (RMcM)
8th Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image a straggler leucorhoa on Ardnish, Broadford (RMcM)
8th Oct 2013 Grey Plover View Image 4 on Ardnish, Broadford + a Knot(RMcM)
8th Oct 2013 Eider up to 40 at Kyleside (A&EH,HS)
7th Oct 2013 Brent Goose View Image c40 at Camas Malag, Torrin (JJ)
7th Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image two late birds at Galmisdale-Kildonan Bays, Eigg (JC)
6th Oct 2013 Sooty Shearwater View Image single between Arisaig and Eigg (R.Dyer)
6th Oct 2013 Lapwing flock of c20 at the head of Loch Snizort (GF)
6th Oct 2013 Whooper Swan View Image 5 over Broadford Bay (MB) and probably the same 5 later at Loch Cillshroisd (RMcM)
6th Oct 2013 Brent Goose View Image flock of 120 at Broadford Bay (MB)
6th Oct 2013 American Golden Plover juvenile at Ardnish, Broadford (MB) + 9 Golden Plover & 2 Grey Plover
6th Oct 2013 Common Crossbill View Image c20 in Glen Brittle Forest (J.Bentall)
5th Oct 2013 Goldfinch another terrific flock of c100 at Ardmore, Waternish (SP)
5th Oct 2013 Twite View Image flock of c50 at Kilmaluag (TB)
5th Oct 2013 Hen Harrier View Image male at Kilbryde, Torrin (MMJ) and at Ullinish on the 2nd (PS)
5th Oct 2013 Wheatear View Image single at the Aird, Gedintailor (WM)
5th Oct 2013 Brent Goose View Image 46 in Broadford Bay (MB)
2nd Oct 2013 Turtle Dove still showing at Broadford, at feeders near the hospital (K.Bryan)(see Gallery)
1st Oct 2013 Turtle Dove report of a single with Collared Doves at feeding station at Broadford (K.Bryan)
1st Oct 2013 Swallow still a 'very late' brood at Boreraig, Dunvegan (M.Cullen)

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